Episode 98: Indigenous Ways of Knowing in STEM with Desiree Marshall-Peer, Cree-Ojibway Educator

July 02, 2021

In this time of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, the discussion of Indigenous participation in STEM is extremely important. Desiree Marshall-Peer, a Cree-Ojibway educator at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, joins Best of the WWEST producer Vanessa to explore decolonizing STEM and education. We cover how Indigenous ways of knowing are being incorporated in and changing mainstream school, what the barriers to Indigenous students going into STEM fields are, and what can be done to bring them more into the STEM fields. Plus, we discuss how oral traditions are valid and important within STEM and even are being incorporated into recent STEM research.

(Please excuse any audio hiccups in this remotely recorded interview.)

Guest: Desiree Marshall-Peer (Twitter)

Desiree Marshall-Peer (MA, BSC) is a Cree-Ojibway educator focusing on re-envisioning the British Columbia education system in innovative ways.  Desiree has several years’ experience with the BC Ministry of Education renewed math curriculum, graduation transformations, and assessment.  She is a lecturer at the Okanagan School of Education UBC teaching Numeracy and STEAM including Indigenous Ways of Knowing, knowledge systems and worldviews.

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